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Roy Budd Plays the Get Carter Theme

Written by Christopher Alm • March 26th, 2010

Get Carter starring Sir Michael Caine was released in 1971 and is most likely one of the best and most well known British gangster movies ever made. Not only does it create an excellent gritty, eerie and gloomy 1970s gray industrial look – but also features a very tasty score by composer and jazz musician Roy Budd, a musical prodigy already having completed a vast musical repertoire at the young age of 8.

The above video documents Mr. Budd playing the main theme for the movie on the piano, an acoustic harpsichord and a red Wurlitzer EP-200 electric piano, accompanied by the opening scene.

Here below you can watch the original uncut trailer for the movie. If you are a fan of Get Carter you should definitely also look into The Long Good Friday starring Bob Hoskins also.

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Diego

    Thanks Chris! I had never heard of this film so I went to iMDB to read up. It seems this must be quite a good film and at least according to some people has aged very well. I am going to see if I can get a copy. How does this stack up against Bullit for Ultra Swank?

  • I think they are two different films, although there are similarities such as both the characters in the movies being a man on a mission. San Francisco vs Newcastle, worlds apart both in style and mood. I would say that Get Carter is a much more grittier and moody film than Bullit but give it a chance, you might love it.

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